Predicting The Future: Bestival 2016

Fancy dress costumes at the ready; there’s now less than two months until the world renowned Bestival returns to Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight. Taking place from 8th to 11th September, the event will once again feature legendary artists, the world’s hottest contemporary talents and some of the country’s most exciting rising stars. In this piece, we take a look at just 5 of the up and coming acts you can discover at the future-themed event.

Oh Wonder

London alt-pop duo Oh Wonder will be bringing their busy summer festival schedule to a close on the shores of the Isle of Wight, treating fans to music championed by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Greg James. Their track Without You has racked up a mega 15 million views on YouTube which lead to them earning a slot supporting international superstar Halsey on her US tour. Make sure you check them out at Bestival whilst you’ve still got the chance!

Loyle Carner

South-London artist Loyle Carner is currently making waves on the rap scene with his honest lyrics and hard-hitting vocals. Described by The Guardian as “confessional hip-hop”, he has been performing since 2012, attracting attention from MF Doom, Joey Bada$$ and Kate Tempest. The rapper, born Benjamin Coyle-Larner, is no stranger to the UK festival scene and will be bringing his cool vibes to the Big Top on Friday 9th September.


Sister-folk duo Xylaroo and their sweet harmonies will be making an appearance at Bestival for their second consecutive year, on the back of supporting MIKA on his European tour. Coco and Holly Chant had to cancel their performance at Common People Southampton this year and so are looking forward to making it up to their south coast fans on the Isle of Wight in September.

The Sherlocks

Sheffield indie-rockers The Sherlocks are one of the most exciting live acts the UK has to offer at the moment and their single Heart Of Gold even attracted airplay from BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac and BBC Radio 6’s Steve Lamacq. Clearly the BBC supremos are fans of the four-piece, so they were invited by BBC Introducing to play the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Things are going to get real sweaty on the Invaders Of The Future stage!

Black Honey

Mixing sixties-style psych melodies with hook-filled grunge guitar lines, Brighton quartet Black Honey will also be gracing the popular Invaders Of The Future stage at Bestival. Fronted by Izzy B. Johnson, critics up and down the country are tipping them for success, and their rocking sets at festivals this summer have really allowed them to show fans what they’re all about. See you down the front!

Of course, these are just a few acts from the massive lineup the Bestival organisers have announced already, but it’s always good to plan ahead so you get the most out of your weekend.

Bestival 2016 will see performances from headliners The Cure, Wiz Khalifa, Sean Paul, Major Lazer and Hot Chip, as well as Bastille, Years & Years, Skepta, The Human League and many more. For the full, current lineup, please see here.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Isle of Wight event will also see an appearance from the world’s largest bouncy castle, as featured recently on The LAD Bible.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.